Red Rock Relay to be held Oct. 10
As fall weather makes way to more wintry conditions in Park City, a group of runners will take to the streets and trails for one last run before the snow starts to fall.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Red Rock Relay will return to Park City for the third year in a row. The course, which starts and ends at Homestead Resort in Midway, passes through Heber, Park City, the Jordanelle Reservoir and Deer Valley.
Race Director Zack Collings said the race is a challenging, but manageable, event for all types of runners.
"It’s a running relay event similar to Ragnar, but with a one-day format," he said. "It’s a 65-mile race, six people per team. Each person runs two legs, or about 6-10 miles."
The race will start at 6 a.m. and will end around 6 p.m. Red Rock Relay also holds events in Moab and Zion. The Zion event was the original and has been held for seven years. Moab was added to the schedule five years ago, Collings said.
Though Park City lacks the red rocks of the southern Utah events, Collings said the event is popular with the Red Rock Relay runner base.
"From what our runners have said, they love the elevation," he said. "It’s a very challenging course and it’s gorgeous this time of year with the fall colors. They get to do their run and then they can go hang out in Park City."
The race course, which officially covers 66.02 miles, according to the map on redrockrelay.com, takes runners around the Jordanelle perimeter trail and over Empire Pass before returning to Homestead Resort. Last year’s winning team finished in 8 hours, 32 minutes, a 7 minute, 41 second per-mile pace.
Collings said the event is expected to draw between 600 and 1,000 runners. He said it’s popular with many in-state runners because of its proximity to Salt Lake.
"Most of our runner base is in the Salt Lake Valley, so it’s kind of in their backyard," he said. "It’s a great way for them to get up into the mountains."
Though the race will draw several hundred people, Collings said traffic in Summit and Wasatch counties shouldn’t be affected.
"We’ve got UDoT (Utah Department of Transportation) and the UHP (Utah Highway Patrol) and the sheriffs in both Wasatch and Summit counties notified," he said. "But there are no road closures and we don’t expect any traffic delays."
Registration is still available for the race and will remain open until the day of the race. Information can be found at redrockrelay.com.
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Tosh Martin, a Park City High School junior, was the Miners’ sole selection to the Class 4A UHSAA All-State soccer first team.